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Cuba: Tourism in the Village of the Holy Spirit

Sancti Spiritus province, formerly known as the Village of the Holy Spirit, was founded 503 years ago and attracts thousands of Cuban and foreign tourists every year.

The city, the fourth of seven villages founded in Cuba by the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century, treasures architectural and historic values, cultural traditions and natural beauty in an attractive and singular combination.

Moreover, at least three architectural styles coincide in the city's historic heart, where more than 1,000 buildings, made of bricks and traditional adobe, have high constructive values.

That way, the Spanish baroque is present in the broad portals of the ancient mansions, creating a structure where a big square with the church in the center was the classic design of Cuban towns.

The neoclassic style, present in the ornaments of doors and windows with beautiful filigree railings, became popular in the 18th century, when artisans looked for the double objective of protecting and embellishing.

In Sancti Spiritus province is Trinidad, the third village founded in Cuba, also in 1514, with the additional attraction of being one of the best-preserved places in the American continent in terms of colonial architecture.

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Visitors to Trinidad are traditionally attracted by the seven-floor, 45-meter Iznaga Tower, built in the first half of the 19th century as a watchtower with utilitarian ends.

The bell in its belfry was used to call the slaves to start and conclude their work in the sugarcane plantations and mills, in addition to calling to prayers to the Holy Virgin.

Trinidad, which is also called the City Museum of Cuba, is one of the country's colonial cities and is among the most-complete and best-preserved architectural complexes in the American continent.

Designated a Humankind Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1988 and the route to the conquest of new territories in Cuba, Trinidad was founded on the banks of the Guaurabo River, where the Spaniards encountered an aboriginal population that they used as labor force, fertile lands and excellent ports to organize their expeditions.

On the Main Square, the central axis of the former village, there is a statue of Terpsichore, the muse of dance and music, who is accompanied by the breathtaking beauty of the Church of the Holy Trinity, which holds valuable pieces of the country's religious heritage.

The province complements its tourist offers with modern hotels that respect the architectural environment of its oldest nearby towns, with cobblestone streets and tile roofs.

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